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Updated on Apr 14, 2019. Posted on May 20, 2018

15 Delicious Korean Foods Best Eaten After Midnight

The best things to eat when you're three soju shots in.

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1. Pajeon (Green Onion Pancake)

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It's no secret that Koreans rarely say no to a good party, made especially enticing with delicious pub eats (known as "anju"). Take these pancakes, which you can enjoy as a stand-alone meal, or as a side dish (or "banchan"). Recipe here.

2. Cheese Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice Cakes With Cheese)

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These chewy carb bombs are slightly spicy, and usually cooked with fish cakes, marinated meat, and in many late-night iterations, gobs of melted cheese. Recipe here.

3. Soft Tofu Soup

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No night out is complete without a hot pot of tofu stew — which is probably why restaurant chains like BCD Tofu House only start filling out after 2 a.m. Recipe here.

4. Yangnyeom Tongdak (Fried Chicken)

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Large, shared dishes are the standard for both anju and Korean meals in general, but this spicy dish is one you'll wish you'll have ordered an entire basket of for yourself. Recipe here.

5. Ojingeo Bokkeum (Spicy squid)

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It may sound unusual, but seafood (and seafood-flavored things) is all the rage in Korean snack aisles. This one comes slathered in a finger-lickin' good sweet and spicy sauce. Recipe here.

6. Rabokki (Ramen With Spicy Rice Cakes)

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It's honestly not the healthiest thing, but if you're up at 3 a.m. about to inhale this food mash-up, then "health" wasn't exactly your objective, was it? (And let's not forget this is a dish meant for sharing!) Recipe here.

7. Jogaetang (Spicy Clam Soup)

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Hey, it doesn't all have to be fried or meat-heavy. This light soup is made with clams and a clear and spicy broth that cuts through late-night sleepiness. Recipe here.

8. Sullungtang (Bone Marrow Soup)

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This one is more popular as a hangover cure than a night-of recipe, but it's deliciously savory in either case. Recipe here.

9. Chapaguri (Instant Udon Noodles In Black Bean Sauce)

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This genius concoction basically combines two instant noodle favorites to make one umami-packed hybrid. Recipe here.

10. Cheese Corn

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Let's be honest: the corn is just a healthyish excuse to stuff your face with melted cheese. Recipe here.

11. Dak Galbi (Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry)

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This dish is usually cooked in a cast-iron pan and served piping hot. Recipe here.

12. Boodaejjigae (Rice Cake and Meat Stew)

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Created after the Korean war to make economic use of American ingredients, this stew has EVERYTHING, including spam (which seems to find its way into a lot of Korean dishes.) Recipe here.

13. Dakkochi (Grilled Chicken Skewers)

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A popular street food, these skewers are brushed with an addictive sweet glaze that'll inadvertently make you wolf down pounds of meat. Recipe here.

14. Dried Squid

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A pantry staple in many Korean households, this dried squid is salty, ever-so-lightly sweetened, and the perfect pair to a tall glass of Hite. Buy a pack from H-Mart for $3.49.

15. Patbingsu (Shaved Ice)

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On late summer nights, nothing hits the spot more perfectly than a mega-sized chalice of one of these. Recipe here.

16. Shin Ramen With Egg

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And when all else fails, you can always prepare the Original Korean Drunk Food: a pack of instant Shin Ramyun, with a raw egg cracked into it. Get a pack of Shin Ramyun on Amazon for $17.34.

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